Any person 18 or more years of age who is of sound mind may make a will.

They must also:

  1. Possess testamentary intent;

  2. Make a positive disposition of their assets;

  3. Execute the document in compliance with Pennsylvania law; and

  4. Sign or make their mark at the logical end of the document

Wills from other Jurisdictions:

If you executed a Last Will & Testament in another state, the probate laws of Pennsylvania will honor and accept your will so long as when it was written, the will complies with the laws of the previous state.  However, to be sure, it is always helpful to have your testamentary documents reviewed by an estate attorney in your new community, especially if you wish to make a change to your documents.

Wills in Foreign Languages:

A Last Will & Testament written in a foreign language may also be honored by the laws of Pennsylvania; however, before the Will can be probated, it must be translated into English and sworn to as correct by the translator.  If a testator wishes to leave their Will in a foreign language, this is clearly acceptable and respected by the laws of Pennsylvania; however, these individuals run the risk of the Will being misinterpreted, especially when the original language does not have an exact translation to the English language – thus causing room for error.

Wills from another State:

The probate laws of Pennsylvania will also honor a will from another state, if written in compliance with the laws of that state at the time it was signed and if the testator is a resident of Pennsylvania at the time of their death.

Here to Help:

If you need assistance writing your Last Will & Testament, or, you are in need of advice with respect to the administration of a loved one’s estate, contact Covalt Law at your earliest convenience.



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